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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Oct 20, 2011 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Heady Nugs from '69, '70, '83, and '91

For me, and maybe it's just my imagination but I don't think so, what's best about those sets is that everyone was having so much fun. I can hear it in every note played, every verse sung. There's so much to love about those shows...Jerry playing pedal steel guitar for one is not something you heard very often. Dead shows in the 80's and beyond could sometimes seem so by the numbers if you know what I mean, and whenever the band was clearly enjoying themselves it is most interesting and fun for me too. The sense of adventure in playing those songs for the first time...and loving them so much that they became regulars in the rotation (for Masterpiece and Queen Jane as two examples) is not something that happened very often post 1981 or 1982.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 20, 2011 8:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Heady Nugs from '69, '70, '83, and '91

you're absolutely right in that they were having a blast on stage. that's very evident and yes, it is a very nice thing to see for '87. whenever i see jerry enjoying himself, i usually am as well. i'm not trying to discredit the music they made together, because it is very good. but like i said, for me, it just didn't pull me in as much as their collaborations with other guests. that, as well as my super high expectations before hearing them collaborate, has probably tainted my view.

i really enjoy certain moments. i absolutely love "masterpiece" as well. i wish i could better articulate exactly why i think these shows have something missing. hard to put into words. i suppose just my preferences. oh well. i'll give some of them another listen and see if i feel the same way.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Oct 20, 2011 9:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Heady Nugs from '69, '70, '83, and '91

If you can find the studio practice sessions (I forget where I acquired my copies but there's over four hours of music on my recordings) that occured before that summer tour, I highly recommend you give them a listen. Especially if you are a Dylan fan as you say. There's alot on there that they never tried on tour, some amazing banter between the band, some incredible, historic music being played. Rough for sure, but pure gold none the less, kind of like to tour itself but even more so in every way.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Oct 20, 2011 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Heady Nugs from '69, '70, '83, and '91

second that ... the rehearsals are lots of fun